President Donald Trump put his foot in his mouth as he gave a speech during a Saint Patrick’s day eve reception. During his speech, the American president cited the below quote as his favorite Irish proverb and uncovered a plagiarism scandal many years in the making.
“Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you”
The President was called out on his misattribution which had left Irish literature lovers and media quite perplexed. Accordingly, an investigation was carried out to uncover the actual source of the quote.
A Nigerian banker, Albashir Adam Alhassan, was discovered alleging that the US President had mindlessly lifted a stanza from his poem titled; Remember to forget.
Alhassan’s claim was given credence by the fact that Remember to forget was actually featured on Poem-Hunter in 2013 attributed to him. Alhassan spoke in a CNN interview about the President’s misattribution;
“My sister just brought the news to me. I didn’t want to believe what she said initially
I posted those things when I was back in school, over 10 years ago. I never thought it would get to this level.
Maybe I shouldn’t have been a banker; maybe I should have been a poet all my life!”
Further research, however, revealed that the quote was culled from a much older source. The line was, apparently, culled from a poem that was circulating in American newspapers nearly a century ago titled; Remember.
It was revealed that the line is often mistakenly quoted as an Irish proverb and so President Trump’s mistake was quite understandable. The revelation of the source as a line from the poem, Remember, was the outing of what is probably a decade old plagiarism scandal.
As can be seen from the image above, Remember and Remember to forget are pretty similar poems differentiated only by an additional stanza in Remember to forget and the names of the authors underneath.
For people who have not achieved a certain level of visibility, plagiarism can often seem like a little thing with no long lasting effects. In this case, however, Alhassan was thrust into the public eye for a minute by President Trump’s slip and is now feeling the kind of notoriety common with a plagiarism scandal.
Alhassan may not feel any direct repercussions of the revelation in his new career path but any future forays into writing could see his work facing double scrutiny to ensure that there is no repeat performance.